Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 94, No. 6, July

A Wiggle of Worms and a Passion for Poetry: A Community Collaboration
A classroom teacher and a picturebook author collaborate to teach primary-grade English learners to write poetry in a one-week, science-based Poet-in-theClassroom unit.Since the introduction of the Common Core State Standards (National Governors Association...
Before Morning
Before Morning Written by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Beth Krommes Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-547-97917-5"How powerful are words?" Newbery Honorwinning author Joyce Sidman's words are powerful indeed; they have the power to...
Demystifying Poetry for Middle Grades Students through Collaborative, Multimodal Writing
Why can't we do this in all of our classes?" Timothy (student names are pseudonyms) exclaimed as the bell rang. Slow to put away his Chromebook and leave for the next class, he remained engrossed in remixing the song he wrote the night before. The 90-minute...
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths Written by Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Josée Masse Dial, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 8037- 3992- 5Poet Marilyn Singer, inventor of the clever reverso poem, is back with another captivating anthology in Echo...
Every Day Birds
Every Day Birds Written by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater Illustrated by Dylan Metrano Orchard, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-545-69980-8Birds are ubiquitous. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or the country, birds are all around you. Part poem, part identification...
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Written by Roxane Orgill Illustrated by Francis Vallejo Candlewick, 2016, 66 pp., ISBN 978-0-7636-6954-6It was 1958 and Art Kane, a graphic designer and devoted jazz lover, pitched a crazy idea to Esquire magazine....
“Lived Life through a Colored Lens”: Culturally Sustaining Poetry in an Urban Literacy Classroom
As he introduced their new unit, Mr. Coppola directed his seventh-grade students' attention to a statement he had composed with a colleague and written on the whiteboard earlier that morning: "Poetry reveals a lived life through a colored lens." His...
Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems
Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems Written by Grace Lin and Ranida T. McKneally Illustrated by Grace Zong Charlesbridge, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-58089-590-3"It's hard to believe: / They say tomatoes are fruits. / Not for my dessert!"...
Poems That Move: Children Writing Poetry beyond Popularized Poetic Forms
A mind that is lively and inquiring, compassionate, curious, angry, full of music, full of feeling, is a mind full of possible poetry.(Mary Oliver, 1994, p. 122)When I first read Oliver's quote, I immediately thought of the children I have worked with...
Poetic Possibilities: A Conversation with WordSong Editor Rebecca Davis on the Beauty and Passion of Poetry
In this issue, I explore the wonder and magic of poetry with Rebecca Davis, senior editor at WordSong. In 1991, WordSong, the only imprint in the United States specifically devoted to publishing poetry for children, was launched by Highlights, publisher...
Poetry Power: Understanding Language, Content, and Culture through Poetry
It just takes a minute to share a poem, and yet so much richness is there for children as listeners, learners, readers, and thinkers. In reading a poem aloud, we expose students to some of the most beautiful language, each word and line carefully chosen...
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons Written by Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Julie Morstad Roaring Brook, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 59643- 852- 1This cyclical collection of poems takes readers from the first day of spring, through summer,...
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